Jim Nolan

Interactive Communications Manager, Host of Local Exposure

Jim is a Northern Kentucky native and a father of three. In his spare time, Jim likes to read, play ice hockey and watch foreign films. He currently resides with his family on the East side of town.

Ways to Connect

Since the early 1990s, John Curley - bass player for the Afghan Whigs - has been a great friend to the local music scene and, as operator of UltraSuede Studio, has helped countless bands and musicians achieve their dreams of having their music recorded in a professional studio.

Then, in March, John was forced to close up shop at UltraSuede after 25 years, but quickly found that he had friends on the other side of the river that wanted to collaborate.

By relocating to The Lodge in Dayton, KY, John has found a new home for his talents, his passion and his gear.

Welcome To PaoliFest

Jul 12, 2018

PaoliFest is a joint venture between Black Vulture Project and Jordana Greenberg, a local musician and internationally touring performer who credits the musicians she encountered in Paoli among the influences that have shaped her career.

The inaugural PaoliFest will take place August 11, 2018 at the Tomato Products Company in Paoli, IN. Built to be a celebration of the town and community, the festival will be a completely free event featuring local and nationally touring musicians, visual art, films made by local youth, food and craft vendors, workshops, jam sessions and children's entertainment.

Classic rock icons Dave Mason & Steve Cropper bring their Rock & Soul Revue to Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township on July 13. I had the unique pleasure to speak with both musicians for Around Cincinnati.

In advance of the upcoming Festival in Sycamore, happening in Bechtold Park on Friday, July 13, Jim Nolan talks separately with the two music legends who will make up that night's headlining Rock & Soul Revue

Heavy Hinges: Lonely

Jul 2, 2018

Heavy Hinges has just released their 3rd album entitled Lonely - a collection of songs full of passion and strength that are as universal as they are personal. They still sustain that "sublime ruckus" that endeared them to me 4 years ago when I first heard Mean Old City.

The annual celebration of music, community and independence returns to Northside on July 4. 

Be Blessed by TRIIIBE

Jun 20, 2018

To some they are a band, to others they are activists, and to many they are heroes.

To me, the artists of TRIIIBE are all three.

Phasmids

Jun 19, 2018

Phasmids is an eclectic collective of artists and creatives. That approach to the band and the music is reflected in the synth-pop / prog-rock hybrid that makes Phasmids unique.

When most people think of a 4th of July parade, certain images come to mind; but the Independence Day parade that, to me, most embodies the idea of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the one that happens in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside.

Sharon Is Karen, the newest album from Tooth Lures a Fang, displays an acutely DIY approach to recording, which allows them to take full control of the process.

The music and lyrics are a result of a tenuous balance between the absurdly funny and the uncomfortably dark.

By blending classic synth flow, improv jazz orchestration and hip-hop drive, the debut and title album by Flocks places them somewhere within the Venn diagram of Chick Corea, Childish Gambino and Frank Zappa.

Beginning June 5th at Noon, Radio Artifact, a local independent radio station based in Northside that showcases the talented musicians that perform in Cincinnati, will be broadcast on 91.7 WVXU HD-2.

Sofaburn Records

Adam Petersen who started A Delicate Motor as a solo project has now expanded his range, his repertoire and his band to include 6 people in the creation of their latest album “Fellover My Own.”

Glen Phillips, most easily recognized as the lead singer of Toad The Wet Sprocket comes to the Ludlow Garage on Friday, May 11 for a solo performance. His visit provides me a great opportunity to reprise my conversation with him from March, 2017.

A. M. Nice: End of an Era

Apr 25, 2018

Adam Nice, along with George Marshall Jenkins and Nick Hill are keeping the sound of the 90s alive with their band A. M. Nice - and their new album End of an Era.

I got to speak with Adam about the band’s history, their recent tour, their label - Phratry Records, and about the collaborative effort involved in the record-making process.

The album release party for End of an Era is Friday, May 4 at Southgate House Revival.

Comprador: Downstream

Apr 19, 2018

Comprador returns with their second full-length release - a massive 19-track double album called Downstream that full of insightful and explosive music. The band also has an all-new lineup that includes Jon Delvaux, Brianna Kelly & Corey Waddell joining primary songwriter Charlie D'Ardenne. 

Syria and Fragile States

Apr 18, 2018
americaabroad.org

Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

From America Abroad: Seven years into a brutal civil war in Syria, we are reminded how fragile states can lead to regional instability, cause humanitarian crises and fall prey to extremist organizations, such as ISIS.

2018 No Response Festival

Apr 16, 2018
noresponsefestival.com

The No Response Festival returns to The Woodward Theater for two nights of avant-garde experimental music. Co-founders John Rich and John Lorenz provide more information about the festival and other art performance events, including a screening from the Mini Microcinema and an in-store performance at Torn Light Records.

We are proud to present the local acts that have participated in this year's Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music.

These videos and their music continue to represent a wide variety of styles and genres and showcase the diversity and talent of our region. Please take a look at the videos below (listed alphabetically by artist) and, if you like what you see and hear, vote for them as your favorite. The local winner will be announced May 3.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The Specialist: Who cooks for the animals at the zoo? A podcast about work we don't think about and the people who do it.
  • Today, Explained: News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it.
  • what is a woman? Celebrate the ways womanhood is at once a shared experience and a diverse one.

Blossom Hall: Parasols

Mar 21, 2018

Nancy Paraskevopoulos, Phil Cotter and Charlie Schefft form the Garage Pop trio that is Blossom Hall. Thier music has been described as "a blend of 90s alternative rock and 60s vocal harmony."

Phil and Nancy stopped by the studios to perform a couple of new songs and to talk about the band, songwriting, their new EP and their next big project.

Though he came to the band in February 1983 - 9 years after they formed, Richie Ramone has a legitimate claim to the throne of punk rock royalty.

Zapruder Point is the musical project of Dan Phillips, who recently moved to Cincinnati from Chicago. His 5-song EP Stars + Specks is a testament to his experience as a new father as well as "songs of unsentimental nostalgia, expectation and loss, and the comforts and inevitable contusions of living in the world."

2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 23, 2018

  • Are you a person who makes music?
  • Ever wanted to perform behind NPR's Tiny Desk?
  • Here’s your chance to show us what you’ve got.

Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and you can play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.; Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.; and appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.

We're looking to the skies this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright with Ranee Lee doing "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," Les Paul & Mary Ford performing "How High the Moon" and Michael Buble singing "A Foggy Day."

We have songs of love and loss this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright as you'll hear Louis Armstrong's "I'll Never Be the Same," Helen Humes' "You're Driving Me Crazy" and Kelly Smith's "When Your Lover Has Gone."

Soften: Seen + Unseen

Dec 12, 2017

Since I saw them perform live at our Tiny Desk Showcase in July, I have been eager to sit down with the members of Soften to talk about their music. In speaking with them, I was pleased to find very talented musicians who, not only play very well together, but who genuinely seem to care about and for each other.

Pike 27: The Long Fight

Nov 28, 2017

In 2001, Northern KY’s Pike 27 released their first album “Falling Down Hard” which gathered a lot of attention for the then fledgling local band. Then, in 2014 “Calling Out,” with its catchy pop melodies and infectious rhythms, solidified their reputation as one of the best live acts in the area.

moonbeau.bandcamp.com

Moonbeau, a band that started out as a synth-pop solo project by Christian Gough of The Yugos has quickly grown into one of the most popular bands in town. Recently joined by Alex Murphy-White on drums and Claire Muenchen on keyboards, Moonbeau has expanded their throwback pop sound and, in doing so, has expanded their audience exponentially.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Kevin Pollak's Chat Show: Award-winning actor Kevin Pollak interviews actors, writers, directors, comedians, and masters of the tech universe.
  • The Modern Mann: Sex, trends and amazing life stories with Olly Mann, Alix Fox and Ollie Peart.
  • From Founder to CEO: Hear from founders as they share their stories and tips that make becoming the CEO more fun, stress free, and easier to build the company of your dreams.

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